The Golden Age & The Silver Girl

by Tyler Lyle

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about

All these songs deal with a girl. One girl. Every girl. It's a theme album. It's a break up album. It's less of a "let's put this out there because people will like it" album, and more of a "I feel so intensely that I don't know what else to do but bleed onto a word processor or napkin or tape machine" album.
The focus is singular. It's a dialectic- all sung in first person narrative. The songs were written during the lifetime of this particular relationship, or in the aftermath of it, and they were recorded hastily in Joel Seibel's bedroom two days before I boarded a plane to Los Angeles.

Tina Harris and Ken Rose co-wrote the song "Anyhow..." with me in early April while in Paris. It was my first experience writing with songwriters who have been writing longer than I have been alive. The focus and intention sprouted on the metro the night before, and it was as honest of a song as I've ever written, but Ken and Tina were there as wise editors who tested and challenged every decision. The song is shared with them.

As for the the girl, let me first say that this is yet another example of why someone should never date a musician. Like most people, I'm almost completely full of shit. A few years ago, I wrote and played a break up song about a girl I had been dating at a venue in Atlanta, and that girl was in attendance (the song was Cypris). I asked her after the show what she thought about the song, and she was in tears (and not the good kind). I can be very dense and short sighted, because I think sometimes that everything is permissible in song land. So, to the girl wo inspired these songs, I say: I'm sorry I exploited our story for financial and creative gain. Maybe the better thing would be not to release it at all.

Still, on another level, I think that it's foolish to represent this as just "my" story. The inebriation and longing and despair are stitched into our skin and sinew and internal organs (so i'll sing us a song, because it makes me feel better). Romantic love and loss are probably the most present physical manifestation of the richness and poverty of God that we can find on earth without having to look too hard (we can't all be mystics or monks or students of psychotropic drugs). These stories about love or it's counterpart have been merged into the collective firmament like foot traffic presses the gum on Hollywood Boulevard onto plaques of dead comedians. They are as much a part of us as we are.

So, A.B. if you listen to this (which I selfishly hope you don't)- know that I know that this is my story and not the story. In the lightening of the moment, these were the etchings. They are imperfect and the editor in me recognizes how many half truths are contained within them. That is the lie that hides behind created things. But it's also what gives it meaning. Our true selves are hidden from us (remeber?). The word that is spoken is not the true word (remeber?). Or maybe it helps to remind yourself that I'm completely full of shit (which I am).

I was going through a preoccupation with the fear of dying alone during the past months, so this is also a bit of a commentary of my journey through that. You can't separate the good from the bad in life, and you can't separate the actor from the chorus. If anyone wanted to write an essay on the hints at a phenomenology of death in this album, I'd be interested to read it.

As of today, I'm officially a resident of Santa Monica, CA three blocks north of Venice, a million miles from where I thought I would be. I'm looking out a window of a cafe onto Main Street- two blocks from the Pacific Ocean and the sun is shining.

Marina Abramovich says that the artist stages his pain so that he can liberate himself from it. I tried that. I say that we find ourselves in spite of ourselves, and the answer comes on its own, without fanfare- on a walk to East Atlanta Village with an icecream on a fall day, or a sunset on the Seine, or a hotel room in Austin, TX, or a midnight drive through Malibu because the ghost in your room in Laurel Canyon won't let you sleep. Or at a cafe on Main Street- two blocks from the Pacific, and the sun is still shining.

Sail on silver girl.

Thank you for listening to my songs.

credits

released 16 July 2011
Joel Seibel, Thomas Lockwood & Tyler Lyle played all the instruments on the album-Thomas played the most- Molly Parden (mparden.virb.com) sang backup on Winemaker's Love Song and California. Joel Seibel engineered it. Joel and Thomas produced it- with minimal input from Tyler (which was mainly "could you turn the vocals up" or "the banjo is stepping on the vocals" or "the vocal level sounds good until all the instruments come in, then the vocals are too soft").


Album was mastered by André Griffin in Grant Park, Atlanta, GA USA.

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Track Name: The Golden Age & The Silver Girl
Shoes untied- and high
I'll leave my body for the beasts
Break me in- show some skin
Baby leave your body to me

I was young and I was wild
And you were just my style
You were sad and I was wild
But I thought I sensed a smile
And I thought I could make you happy

But I'm so tired of ideals
Honey do just what you feel
I think it's enough to feel the Fire

Well I'm hungry and I'm bold
And I'll swallow you up whole
Pretty lady show your teeth

Holy Rolling Stone- holy Flesh and Bone
Wholly out of my mind
Holy Sun- shirt undone
Holy velocity

We were young and we were free
Nothing worried me
And you were sad and I was wild
But I thought I sensed a smile
And I thought I could make you happy

But I'm so tired of ideals
Honey do just what you feel
I think it's enough to feel the Fire

Well I'm hungry and I'm bold
And I'll swallow you up whole
Pretty lady show your teeth

I'll arrive one day- well dressed and half awake
With improved diction, quoting European fiction
I'll arrive one day to a silence in the world
I'll miss the golden age and the silver girl

Hot as hell- oh well
I'm drunk on everything
Your worried mind- leave it behind
Forget your underwear-(oh lordy) we are free!

I'll arrive one day- well dressed and half awake
With improved diction, quoting European fiction
I'll arrive one day to a silence in the world
I'll miss the golden age and the silver girl
Track Name: Things Are Better
She's got brass pipes- comin' up her spine
She's got stained glass window eyes
She's got a choir inside her
She's got a reason to sing

She's got chapped lips- she got deep hips
She's got her mamma's southern drawl
And she don't worry- and she don't hurry
She knows how to sing the blues

And things are better when we're together
These days turn into something more
Never knowing why or where we're going
But we ARE! we are going all the way!

So I'll try not to forget that it's
No coincidence that my hand fits perfectly in yours
These little melodies will be a symphony
The spirit is composing in our bones
We were not meant to be alone

You are my sunshine- you are my red wine
You are my reason to sing
And if that day comes, when a song is not enough
I will learn to paint

And things are better when we're together
These days turn into something more
Never knowing why or where we're going
But we ARE! we are going all the way!

So I'll try not to forget that it's
No coincidence that my hand fits perfectly in yours
These little melodies will be a symphony
The spirit is composing in our bones
We were not meant to be alone
Track Name: The Wine Maker's Love Song
Put your lips to mine, Love
Put your hand in my hands
I will tell my father
That I have found the woman

You will teach our children
I will plant our vineyard
Soon we will have new wine
To keep us through the winter

We don't need to say a thing
What is true is true
But never be, too far from me
(because) Now I am a part of you

Sail out past the breakers
Looking for my White Whale
If you'll show me your secrets
I promise I will not tell

'cause it has been a tough year
Out here on the grape vine
When next spring arrives dear
We will have a fine wine

We don't need to say a thing
What is true is true
But never be, too far from me
[because] Now I am a part of you

When my days are over
Don't be sad I can't stay
Lay me by the fire
See me off on my way

If you're reborn in a new life
And some gives you red wine
Does it taste familiar
But you don't know how to say why?

We don't need to say a thing
What is true is true
But never be, too far from me
Now I am a part of you
Track Name: Love Is Not Enough
On the good days- and the bad days
All you need is Love
But on the worst days- it's not enough

I will follow you as long as I can
But you must cross the river by yourself

When the gold fades back to ashes
When the doctor makes the call
And your heart floats like a barrel
Over an endless waterfall

On the good days- and the bad days
All you need is Love
But on the worst days- it's not enough

I will follow you as long as I can
But you must cross the river by yourself
And it's not fair- that I can't be there
But the Kingdom is closer than you know

When the years fade into nothing
Don't fight the tears
The acorn will be a forest
In a thousand years

On the good days- and the bad days
All you need is Love
But on the worst days- it's not enough

I will follow you as long as I can
But you must cross the river by yourself
And it's not fair- that I can't be there
But the Kingdom is closer than you know
Track Name: Find My Way (On My Own)
Would you hold my hand
Could you be my friend
Catch me if you can

But...

I can find my way home
I can do this on my own
Your heart is pure and hands are warm

But...

I can find my way,
So I don't need you to stay
I can find my way
On my own

You could be my thrill
Say you love me still
If you don't no one will

But...

I can find my way home
I can do this on my own
Your heart is pure and hands are warm

But...

I can find my way,
So I don't need you to stay
I can find my way
On my own

Well If I have to go- there's one thing you should know
I have always loved you best

But, I can find my way home
I can do this on my own
Your heart is pure and hands are warm

But...

But, I can find my way,
I don't need you to stay
I can find my way
On my own
Track Name: Anyhow...
Well I know that you don't love me now
But I'm gonna love you anyhow
And you don't see me like I see you
But I'm gonna be here when you do

I heard you say you loved me in your sleep
What I'd give to be in that dream...

Well you've had your doubts
But I'm still around
And your past, it ain't lost on me
So your careful ways- even your angry face
It's still looking pretty good to me

Well I know that what will be will be
As sure as winter finds its way to spring
So I sit here restless patiently
Until something in you moves for me

I heard you say you loved me in your sleep
What I'd give to be in that dream
When you finally bloom for me
I wonder what color you will be

Well you've had your doubts
But I'm still around
And your past, it ain't lost on me
So your careful ways- even your angry face
It's still looking pretty good to me

I'm not him and this ain't then
Open up and let me in

Well you've had your doubts
But I'm still around
And your past, it ain't lost on me
So your careful ways- even your angry face
It's still looking pretty good to me
Track Name: Sorrow
Sorrow- Sorrow
I've had my share
I'll wait for tomorrow
to find some comfort there

If I could run away I would run away
Or drag you back to my bed
It's the sweetest memories
That hurt the worst in the end

Sorrow- Sorrow
We made our plans
We begged and we borrow...
Turned to nothing in the end

If I could run away I would run away
Or drag you back to my bed
It's the sweetest memories
That hurt the worst in the end

I'm wasting my time
I'm loosing my mind
Mamma says I will find
Some things just fall apart

Sorrow- Sorrow
Take heart my friend
If the sun shines tomorrow
I'll let it in
Track Name: For Love To Come...
I will miss the sun upon your face
I will miss our endless days
And I'll miss your taste
But anyway...

Sometimes for Love to come, Love has to go

So I'll pack my bags and be off on my way
Oh my dear I thought that we could make
A happy home
Now I don't

Sometimes for Love to come, Love has to go
And I'm sorry
I'm sorry Marie- we tried

In another time
If I come back again
It'd be nice to count you as a friend
But if that's too much
Like you say
Then I'll love the Love that we have made
Call it a day

I can see the Sun rising!
I can see the Blue Sky shining!
The only thing stronger than love I can find
is Time

I will miss the smell of your hair
Miss us kissin' in our underwear
I do declare
Don't seem fair

Sometimes for Love to come, Love has to go
And I'm sorry
I'm sorry Marie- we tried
Track Name: I'll Sing You A Song
Are you lonely too?
You know it's hard to shake these midnight blues

It took him half an hour to pack his things
Just left a house key and a wedding ring
Well I know that things just fall apart
But that don't mean that it don't break your heart

But I'll sing you a song
If It'll make you feel better
We are in this together- you and me
If I had cure- you know
If I had an answer
I could make it all better
But the world moves on and so do we

Is he a walking heart attack
Does she make love then take it back?
People on the sidewalks with open wounds
I got my share honey how bout you?
Got no wise words or reasons why
All the things you love seem to die

But I'll sing you a song
If It'll make you feel better
We are in this together- you and me
If I had cure- you know
If I had an answer
I could make it all better
But the world moves on and so do we

I am the son of a mobile home salesman
I am the over-thinking brother wondering if you'll come home again
I am the lover I'm the fighter
I'm your cigarette lighter
One day for someone that will be enough

So I'll sing us a song
Because it makes me feel better
To know we're in this together- you and me
But if I had cure- you know
If I had an answer
I could make it all better
But the world moves on and so do we
Track Name: When I Say That I Love You...
When I say that I love you,
I guess what I mean is that I love you like a home I have to leave
And I'm thinkin how nothing can stay
How the sun stains the curtains
And the paint flakes away
But it'll always be home, till the memory fades
I love you, thanks for the golden age

When I say that I'm grateful
I guess what I mean is how the sapling is grateful for the seed
And I'm thinking how all things change
How the branches grow tall
But our initials remain
I'll remember you well when the summer is gone
Another year another ring round my bones

When I say that I'll miss you I guess what I mean is that I'll miss you
I'll miss you like autumn misses spring
And I've been thinking how everything dies
Like the reds and the blues on their way cross the sky
And the sunset explodes when it knows that it's time
Before hello, sometimes goodbye

Kiss me once more
Then leave me forever
I know I'm too heavy to hold
Grab both my hands
Kiss me like you mean it
And I'll never know you again

When I say that I love you I guess what I mean is
There's a Power that moves everything
And it pushes the river to sea
And it takes all the years and makes regret into peace
you can't die alone, if you are free
You didn't mean to, but thank you for showing me
Track Name: California
I'm not sorry I fell in love
And I'm not sorry that you never cared enough
It's just motion, and it's just time
And every day we find ourselves a little further down the line

I'm going to California- by myself
The next time you see me I'll be someone else
There ain't no gates around heaven,
Ain't no gates round hell
Just the sunset in the distance, and the dark on it's tail

I did right, and I did wrong
And you did too, but that's not why I'm gone
It's just motion, and it's just time
And every day we find ourselves a little further down the line


I'm going to California- by myself
The next time you see me I'll be someone else
There ain't no gates around heaven,
Ain't no gates round hell
Just the sunset in the distance, and the dark on it's tail

So this is it- this is the last song that you get
A little sad, but we move on
Soon I'll sing someone else's song
My sheets are clean
My mind at ease
Here's a little something for the road, soon I'll be someone you don't know

I'm going to California- by myself
The next time you see me I'll be someone else
There ain't no gates around heaven,
Ain't no gates round hell
Just the sunset in the distance, and the dark on it's tail
Track Name: I Will Follow Love All The Way Home
I will follow love all the way home
I will follow love all the way home
Though it breaks my back- and leaves me all alone
I will follow love all the way home

Though I'm sad you've gone away
I hear love, it goes by different names
Though your parting dims the day
Nearly put me in my grave
I will follow love all the way home

Home- where the bedroom smell like clean clothes
Home- where it's alright in the cosmos
Home- you don't think so, but you're so close
Home- if it's not balanced, then it's almost

I will follow love all the way home
I will follow love all the way home
Though it breaks my back- and leaves me all alone
I will follow love all the way home

For those afraid to die alone
Think of all the friends that you have known
And every blade of grass
Every face that kissed you back
All the sunsets and pouring rain
Every joy and Holy pain
Every kiss and bloody stain
Ah, the proof that we have lived!
In no beginning and no end!
Every flash of light you've seen!
Every color every dream!
Will be forever singing on
In the Holy Mind of God-
The Immortal burning Sun with
Every person that you've loved!
And I swear it will be enough.
And you'll be there

And Love will follow you all the way home
Love will follow you all the way home.